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The Old Hatchery

Drak Gardens Road P O Box 577, Underberg 3257 South Africa
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Affordable and comfortable B&B and self-catering accommodationjust 10 KM from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg. We provide free parking, free wi-fi and an al-a carte restaurant on site. Our tranquil setting, located near horse riding trails, mountain biking trails, hiking routes, golf courses, trout fishing waters and of course the famous Sani Pass. We are situated 1,5 hours from Howick on the N3 Route and 1 hour from Kokstad, making Underberg the ideal location from which to explore the majestic mountains of the Southern Drakensberg. We are on the route between Johannesburg and seaside resorts of the South Coast and Wild Coast making this the ideal location to stopover for the night. We offer bed and breakfast, room only, self-catering and full board options in our various units.Reasons to visit The Old Hatchery and Underberg • Guided Sani Pass 4x4 trips • Mountain hiking • Horse riding trails • Trout fishing • Mountain biking
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3.0 of 5 stars
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English, Afrikaans, Zulu
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Carien C wrote a review Apr 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa13 contributions3 helpful votes
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This cold Sunday afternoon, we were looking for a hearty meal in the middle of the beautiful Underberg and that is exactly what we found at the Waterfall Restaurant located at The Old Hatchery. Portions are generous and well prepared and the service is friendly👍
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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johnwood2015 wrote a review Dec 2021
Western Cape, South Africa53 contributions2 helpful votes
Arrived Dec 15. - No hot water - No soap or shampoo - cheapest 1 ply loo roll We had booked for the one night at the start of a motorcycle tour and returned at the end of the tour. To late to find parking for our vehicles and no option to return at tour end. On our return we were heading for bed when a large group of guests arrived drunk and rowdy (11pm). Owners simply allowed them to stay. They partied, screamed and jumped up and down above us until we eventually left at 3;50 am without any sleep. Owners of the Hatchery only responded to my messages at 9;30 the following day. First message sent before 12pm. Bearing in mind we had 1450km drive back to Cape Town the next day, on zero sleep. To add insult were overcharged by R200 rand per person per night and the owner refuses to respond to my messages. (we arrived back tired from our tour and presented with the bill to pay). I paid and only later the next day checked the emailed quotes sent to me.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Avoid all if the owners attitude is tough luck for bad service and they don't adhere to a...
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Lorr J wrote a review Nov 2021
Durban, South Africa227 contributions61 helpful votes
This was our first time and we were blown way at the beautiful setting of the deck overlooking a small lake with a river and waterfall, where we were told is often visited by a friendly otto. There are self-catering cabins to rent which are accessible along a wooden pathway from the restaurant. We peeped inside one or two and they are cosy and well-equipped. Daniel was friendly and warm. Our party opted for the lamb curry with rotis which was delicious.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Kerry Rice wrote a review Jan 2021
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We had booked a fishing cottage for 3 nights in Dec and paid the deposit, only to find on arrival we had been double booked. We dealt with Busi. Thank goodness the owner very kindly found us somewhere to stay down the road, which we were very happy with in the end. We then went to eat dinner there and were extremely disappointed that the lamb shank that we had read about was not available and in fact lots of things weren't on offer. The dinner was very disappointing, the fish dry and not impressed with oven chips.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Room Tip: I would only choose the fishing cottage
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YoungOnes15 wrote a review Dec 2020
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My husband and I visited The Hatchery for lunch a few days ago. The service was excellent. The food was really delicious. Beautiful deck outside with flower baskets and plenty of tables with lovely views. We sat inside as it was chilly. Very cosy and welcoming inside. Highly recommended for a quiet meal or a social gathering. Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mel Henderson wrote a review Jan 2020
Durban, South Africa37 contributions6 helpful votes
We spent a night here and found the room very comfortable and the bath and kitchenette clean. The restaurant was a short walk away which was great as I love food on site. Unfortunately there were no vegetarian burgers available so I had veg curry which tasted healthy and filled the gap but needed a bit more oomph. The dam is stunning and we saw a lot of birdlife within a short time, could sit there all day admiring the view, very relaxing. Staff were friendly and helpful.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Tayla and Ant wrote a review Sept 2019
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We only stayed 1 night in the little cozy fishing cottage, it was very basic but all you need! The food was absolutely delicious, we had the eisbein and lamb shank with butternut soup and chicken livers for starters, so YUM! Fishing there was incredible, the size of the trout are insanely huge. Management are very friendly and made us feel right at home. We had a flat Tyre and were there in minutes to assist us. We will definitely go back :)
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from theoldhatchery, Manager at The Old Hatchery
Responded 10 Sept 2019
It was wonderful having you here and look forward to your return. The fish are waiting for you - come soon! John and Kathy
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Baars1992 wrote a review Jul 2019
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We had a lovely stay at The Old Hatchery. It is a nice and quietly located lodge hotel right outside Underberg. The Drakensbergen scenery is stunning and can be perfectly enjoyed with The Old Hatchery as a base. Furthermore, I would like to recommend the restaurant. Very friendly and kind staff and the local trout is out of this world! Kind regards, Robin and Dirkje
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from theoldhatchery, Manager at The Old Hatchery
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and the meals here Kathy
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Chad R wrote a review Jul 2019
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa114 contributions14 helpful votes
Our stay at The Old Hatchery was very pleasant and for the price that we paid we were quite satisfied with the value we got for our money. We stayed in the “Fisherman’s Cottage” which was nice and cosy, consisting of a queen sized bed, a small kitchenette and a Bathroom with a Toilet and Bath. Being the middle of winter we were concerned about “freezing to death” but this was not the case as the unit not only had a fireplace, but also a gas/electric heater and also electric blankets on the bed … so we were truly toasty ! I will however say that the entire lodge is in dire need of maintenance, in our room the ceiling looked like it was on the brink of collapse and ceiling board above the fireplace had come loose and was just hanging there, several broken tiles on the floor were evident just waiting to cut open a toe of an unsuspecting visitor and outside the unit, facia boards were loose and flapping in the wind with several loose slats on the walkways. Overall though it was a pleasant stay and we will be back based simply on the value and the comfort.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from theoldhatchery, Manager at The Old Hatchery
Responded 14 Oct 2019
Thank you for this. Improvements are made every month. I am glad you kept warm! Look forward to seeing you back. Kathy
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Nutty63 wrote a review Apr 2019
Southbroom, South Africa181 contributions39 helpful votes
We went with another couple and although the setting is stunning, the food was a little bland. I had the Rainbow Trout, a little over-cooked and greeted with South Africa's only 2 vegetables (yet again) spinach and butternut, so over this. My wife and son had beef fillet, which was fatty... They had live music on the particular night we visited and it was 2 older men on 2 guitars playing and singing far too loud, you couldn't hear yourself think and conversing around the table was difficult.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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R 994 - R 2,140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalDrakensberg RegionUnderberg
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Hatchery
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Hatchery?
Nearby attractions include Sani Spoors (7.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Hatchery?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at The Old Hatchery?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Old Hatchery?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Hatchery?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lemon Tree Bistro, The Olde Duck, and Stone House Kitchen Himeville.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Old Hatchery?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Afrikaans, and Zulu.